We're in a bad place to start the season with our injuries and the number of important underdone players we'll have (Brown, Ziebell etc). No excuses though. We've been crowing about our great depth for five months. Time for those 20-30 best on the list type players to stand up.
I expect our tackle count to go up in round one. I expect our forward line to function better. I expect our midfield to perform well, and I expect our defence to be workmanlike. I expect a win, but not a huge one.
I’m more concerned with a couple of players than the team as a whole.
I’ve liked our spread at times but on other occasions it’s looked a bit handball happy due to the number of players running to similar spots to receive a handball .
I’d like to see a lot more un-rewarded running to spread the opposition when they’re trying to defend our ball movement .
He cops a lot of crap at times but McMillan is brilliant with his in-rewarded running and I know the love that s**t too .
I'm only worried if Jed doesn't get up for Round 1.
Once Goldstein and Cunnington are back, that'll make the defenders look better by default because we'll be winning the ball more around the contest. But without Jed - and Jacobs not playing for who knows how long - there's a little bit of a hole around our defensive pressure at stoppages, and especially centre bounces.
Sheesh. I wasn't worried, now I'm unsure whether I'm worried about the fact I might be worried or that I'm worried that I'm not worried when I should be worried.
Hope that brings clarity to how I see us after our two games against fairly strong opponents, strong as in close to their preferred sides come rd 1.
I see us short by about eight players currently, that's lap of the Gods stuff and we can't do much about that. Our best team would give this comp a real shake and that's all we can control- bringing in guys that improve us.
Our new players have impressed imo- including TT and Scott. Ahern and LDU have also gone up a notch. Good times ahead peeps!!